August 2, 2017
President Trump quietly signs legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
This comes after the bill was overwhelmingly approved in the House and Senate.
In a statement President Trump said he supports measures to deter “bad behavior” from Pyongyang and Tehran.
The president also noted that the U.S. will not tolerate interference in our democratic process.
However, he added the sanctions bill remains “seriously flawed,” because it hurts the executive branch’s ability to negotiate.
President Trump said despite its problems, he was signing the legislation for the “sake of national unity.”
The measure targets Russia’s energy and defense sectors.
A provision of the bill also gives Congress the power to veto the lifting of sanctions on Moscow.
Russia already retaliated to the sanctions before the president’s approval with orders to reduce staffing at the U.S. embassy in Moscow, as well as seizing other U.S. diplomatic properties.